I am a political economist in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University and a Visiting Fellow in the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

I am also a fellow of the Center for Constitutional Design at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and a faculty affiliate with ASU's Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Center on the Future of War, and Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Originally from New Zealand, I studied Political Science, Economics, International Relations and German literature at Wellington, Tübingen, Berlin and Minnesota.

My research focuses on the economic origins of democracy and democratic stability, and the politics of authoritarian rule.

I am the author or co-author of articles in academic journals such as Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly and Comparative Politics. My book, Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

My current research investigates authoritarian repression, popular mobilization against dictatorship, and economic nationalism in contemporary developed democracies.

For a list of my published work, click here. For my curriculum vitae with a full list of work in progress, please click here. You can find ungated versions of my published papers here. You can find replication data for my published work at the Harvard Dataverse or ASU Dataverse.


Arizona State University

School of Politics and Global Studies

Coor Hall

975 S. Myrtle Ave

Tempe, AZ 85282